Hemp defined by the US Govt

Comparison of Hemp and Marijuana 
There are many different varieties of cannabis plants. Marijuana and hemp come from the same 
species of plant, Cannabis sativa, but from different varieties or cultivars. However, hemp is 
genetically different and is distinguished by its use and chemical makeup, as well as by differing 
cultivation practices in its production.2
 
Hemp, also called “industrial hemp,”3
 refers to cannabis varieties that are primarily grown as an 
agricultural crop (such as seeds and fiber, and byproducts such as oil, seed cake, hurds) and is 
characterized by plants that are low in THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, marijuana’s primary 
psychoactive chemical). THC levels for hemp are generally less than 1%. 
Comparison of Hemp and Marijuana 
There are many different varieties of cannabis plants. Marijuana and hemp come from the same 
species of plant, Cannabis sativa, but from different varieties or cultivars. However, hemp is 
genetically different and is distinguished by its use and chemical makeup, as well as by differing 
cultivation practices in its production.2
 
Hemp, also called “industrial hemp,”3
 refers to cannabis varieties that are primarily grown as an 
agricultural crop (such as seeds and fiber, and byproducts such as oil, seed cake, hurds) and is 
characterized by plants that are low in THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, marijuana’s primary 
psychoactive chemical). THC levels for hemp are generally less than 1%. 

 
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